CHICAGO Accuride Corp., which makes wheels, hubs and related products for commercial vehicles, will spend $5.8 million to install a new powder coating line at its steel wheel production facility in Henderson, Ky.
This project will add 30 jobs over the next few years as Evansville, Ind.-based Accuride and the North American trucking industry gain momentum.
Accurides 364,000-square-foot Henderson plant was built in 1974 as part of what was then Firestone Steel Products. The factory employs about 160 people.
Customers for powder coated wheels include heavy-duty commercial truck and trailer original equipment manufacturers, commercial vehicle fleets and distributors in the commercial vehicle aftermarket.
The Henderson facility also is home to Accurides wheel research and development center, as well as the companys wheel product development and testing facilities.
"Thanks to its new paint line, Henderson will stand alone in the industry in its ability to formulate customized coating solutions and deliver them via its advanced new coatings process," president and chief executive officer Richard F. Dauch said in a statement.